Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

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By Jennifer Petrics



originally published: 07/04/2022

Nathaniel Rateliff and night sweats rocked The Stone Pony in Asbury Park for a sold-out show this 4th of July weekend. The Future Tour, in support of their third studio album, started in May and ends in late September. As the rain continued, the sky turned to beautiful shades of reds and blues as the band took the stage. Rateliff and the band were in fantastic shape – never losing their octane energy – or raw, powerful vocals. With a global fusion of blues, rock, folk and soul (much like Van Morrison they covered in the documentary The last Waltz), they were their own force of nature – rocking the house from start to finish. Sweet horn tones of songs like You worry me and Face hidden in the moment… to build to hoarse and shattering pieces like SOB.Night sweats covered everything.

REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

One of the highlights was when Rateliff left his standard setlist this tour to give everyone the cover of Springsteen Atlantic City; the crowd collectively roars like mad. Doing Jersey proud with an absolutely stellar and emphatic rendition, everyone shouted the lyrics in unison and burst into thunderous cheers, electrified by the long “BRUCE!” songs. With much of the audience wondering whether or not The Boss would make a special appearance (as he does from time to time), Rateliff, once again, didn’t disappoint when he introduced the legendary photographer to Bruce, Danny Clinch, to perform with him on stage. To celebrate a spectacularly energetic night, Rateliff launched his guitar through the air, across the stage (twice in fact), and the sound tech deftly caught the flying Fender Telecaster before she pulled out any gear. Asbury had come to a rock show!

REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

The band didn’t miss the encore either, as they entered The future— the relaxed Dylanesque melody, followed by SOB-the Massive hit that throws a little steroid-injected gospel flavor into the soul rock mix, amplifying it to a feverish party.

After the concert, Nathaniel Rateliff and some members of the group went to the Transparent Clinch Gallery on 210 Fifth Ave. for a second (acoustic and intimate) surprise encore, again on the cover of Springsteen Atlantic City in a clean version for the E Street Radio special.

Danny Clinch (who’s worked with the greatest – everyone from Tupac to the Foo Fighters) tweeted about the guest appearance and posted one of his incredible group photos here.

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In a press release for The Future, Rateliff said, “I view the album as a whole as a big question. When I was writing the record, we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just keep trying to write from a place of hope.

The Future LP was recorded at Rateliff’s Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver and was produced by Bradley Cook and RMB (Rateliff, Meese and Barone) who were behind Rateliff’s acclaimed solo project And It’s Still Alright . The Night Sweats are Nathaniel Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Patrick Meese (drums, percussion, keyboards), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (organ, keyboards), Andreas Wild (saxophone), Daniel Hardaway (trumpet) and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

After completing the European and North American legs, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats are set to kick off their Canadian leg of the Future Tour, before returning to North America for a second round, in New York on September 15 at Radio City Music Hall. , and back in New Jersey on September 17 for the Xponential Music Festival in Camden. Full tour dates, merchandising and music can be found on their official site.

REVIEW: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Stone Pony

Photos and reviews by Jennifer Petrics

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